Killerwatt[2] is the "grand ghoul," "the ethereal master of many," and commands an army that feeds on electricity. He was behind the blackouts as he had other ghosts attacking the power lines. The Ghostbusters traced a P.K.E. surge to a power plant in Brooklyn.


Primary Canon

The Real Ghostbusters

Killerwatt and his army of ghosts began to feed off electricity from a power plant in Brooklyn. As a result, New York City suffered a rash of power failures. When Killerwatt's army began to travel through power lines and haunt Stacy's Department Store, Mayor Lenny hired the Ghostbusters to capture them. While disposing of the captured ghosts in the Containment Unit, Killerwatt's army struck again and forced the team to rig up a peddling apparatus to keep the Unit from suffering another catastrophic failure. Egon then traced the P.K.E. surges to the Brooklyn power plant.

After stumbling into the power plant, Killerwatt appeared to the Ghostbusters and attacked. The Ghostbusters mistakingly tried to charge Ecto-1 with its electricity blasts and caused the car to become possessed. After following Killerwatt into the plant, the Ghostbusters were separated and brought before him in the control room. He then possessed equipment in the room and transmogrified it into a giant monstrosity. Shielded by the plant's power, Killerwatt was immune to the Ghostbusters' assault.[3] Winston deduced he was drawing power from the plant's generators and they had to shut them down. Killerwatt countered and created a wide chasm between the Ghostbusters and the main switch. Luckily, Slimer found the main plug and yanked it from the outlet. Killerwatt's host body lost power and fell to the ground. Killerwatt vacated the body and was trapped by the Ghostbusters. With power restored to the city, Mayor Lenny quickly organized a victory parade for the Ghostbusters.

Secondary Canon

Insight Editions

A highly evolved elemental entity caused a series of power blackouts throughout New York City. The Ghostbusters learned it had the ability to manipulate electricity, possess objects that ran on an electrical charge, and create subservient minion-clones of itself with similar but less powerful abilities.[4] Peter Venkman named the entity "Killerwatt". They came up with a plan and disrupted the power for Manhattan, Queens, and a large portion of Brooklyn. Killerwatt lost its direct flow of current. The minion-clones dissipated and Killerwatt was trapped.


Secondary Canon

Insight Editions

Killerwatt is a Class 7 elemental entity.[5]


Killerwatt is a very powerful ghost. Some of his powers include:

Electric Bolts: He can shoot bolts of electricity from his eyes.

Possession: Just like the his minions, he can possess anything electrical.

Flight: Standard ghost power.

While in his giant machine form:

Superhuman Strength: While possessing the giant machine, he is shown to easily destroy a platform.

Electric Absorption: He is shown to absorb electricity from the generators.

Proton Absorption: He is one of the few ghosts who can absorb the proton blasts.[6]

Animation: He is shown to animate the power plant into a giant monster.

Electric Bolts: He can shoot electric bolts, but in this form the bolts were more powerful.


He is a leader of ghosts and as such is a major ego, and laughs a lot while causing trouble for the Ghostbusters. Also, when the Ghostbusters said he'd win over their dead bodies, he responds with "Dead bodies are my specialties", indicating that he enjoys killing mortals if he must.


See Also


Primary Canon

The Real Ghostbusters

Secondary Canon


  1. Marsha Goodman (1986). Episode Call Sheet and SAG Report - "Killerwatt" (1986).
  2. Killerwatt (2009). The Real Ghostbusters- Killerwatt (1986) (DVD ts. 18:52-18:53). Time Life Entertainment. Killerwatt says: "I am Killerwatt."
  3. Winston Zeddemore (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Killerwatt" (1986) (DVD ts. 19:13-19:15). Time Life Entertainment. Winston says: "The power plant's electricity's shielding him!"
  4. Narrator (2016). Insight Editions- "Tobin's Spirit Guide" (2016) (Book p.56). Paragraph reads: "It can manipulate electricity and possess virtually any object that runs on an electrical charge. It is also able to create subservient clones of itself, with similar---yet less powerful---abilities."
  5. Narrator (2016). Insight Editions- "Tobin's Spirit Guide" (2016) (Book p.56). Paragraph reads: "CLASS VII. ELEMENTAL ENTITY COMPOSED OF ELECTRICITY AND PSYCHOKINETIC ENERGY."
  6. Ray Stantz (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Killerwatt" (1986) (DVD ts. 19:10-19:12). Time Life Entertainment. Ray says: "Incredible! It's absorbing full force proton streams!"
  7. Marsha Goodman (1986). Episode Call Sheet and SAG Report - "Killerwatt" (1986).
  8. Narrator (2016). Insight Editions- "Tobin's Spirit Guide" (2016) (Book p.60). Paragraph reads: "Our first Lilith-related call was at the East River Generating Station; unlike our experiences with the Killerwatt entity (see the entry on Killerwatt on page 56), we discovered that disconnecting the flow of power at the station didn't take this entity easier to trap."



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